It was probably inevitable, what with President Obama basically stripping Congress of its power by using executive orders and agency rule changes to circumvent the representatives of the people.
Now, the members of Congress have nothing to do except pass symbolic legislation.
So after a long day of tossing pencils into the tile ceiling of the Senate chambers, when a bill came up to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, with a Congressional Gold Medal to mark the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Congress’s leaders naturally burst into song.
It wasn’t exactly a “Glee” moment. Well, no, it was, if you subtract from “Glee” the talented, entertaining performances and replace all the beautiful young people with withered old ghouls whose pallid flesh swayed sickeningly in time with the music.
House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Carl Levin held hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.”
It was the shared opinion of numerous people there for the spectacle that it was probably the most awkward moment in Congress ever, and that’s saying a lot.
Boehner got stuck on one end of the love chain, holding Harry Reid’s hand. Judging from the video, it looked like Reid was either digging in Boehner’s pocket for loose change or trying to convince the speaker of the House to cop a feel. Whatever was going on, Boehner clearly wanted his hand back.
Pelosi looked like she thought she was trying out for “The Voice,” except occasionally when she got a look on her face like she wanted to snack on a congressional intern.
It really was awkward, but it didn’t really get weird until Pelosi rode in naked on top of a giant wrecking ball.
Let me tell ya, this musical group needs some serious rehearsal time; it was nothing like “1776,” the only other congressional musical in recent memory. At least at the end of that, Congress had the Declaration of Independence to show for everything. This lot isn’t likely to have anything to show except a lot of receipts for takeout.
At least they put an end to it before Sen. Barbara Boxer could start twerking.